Ant of the Month

The ant genus of the month is the Cataglyphis genus. This ant would not win any “Ant America Pageant” but it definitely would win a desert survival competition. Why? Because it is one of the most heat tolerant animals known to man! One species in this group, Cataglyphis bicolor, lives in the Sahara desert and can withstand temperatures up to 158 degrees! Considering no known land animal can live permanently in temperatures over 120 degrees — this is an incredible feat. This ant is a scavenger and survives on the corpses of other arthropods that can’t take the heat. The image comes from www.antweb.org, which has amazing pictures of ants.